Monthly Archives: February 2010

Jean-Claude Killy

I spent President’s Day weekend skiing New Hampshire’s White Mountains with my old friends Chris and Lauren.  Lauren was astonished by the prevalence of helmets on the slopes; indeed, my generation is probably the last one to grow up skiing without an inch of foam and plastic between our heads and terrifying impact.  Despite the style potential in today’s youngsters — snowboarders, I’m looking at you —  I pine for a simpler time, when Alpine style was epitomized by dudes like “win-0r-nothing daredevil” Jean-Claude Killly:

Ladies, too:

When I would come home from ski lessons as a kid, my Mom would always call me Jean-Claude Killy. I had no idea what a cool allusion that was, Ma!

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